NEW SNIPPETS FOR THE PRESS - SEND THEM OUT

  • Diver
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Posted: Thu, 23/10/2008 - 09:01

We're starting a new effort to get the media and the world at large to notice our situation. As well as publishing detailed press releases we will be sending out 3-4 line memos to try and draw in attention. The one below has gone out this morning and we've already had a response from the Times....this does work!

Please send this to anyone you've been contacting. USE LARGE FONTS TO GET ATTENTION.

More will follow (one more this afternoon).

GORDON BROWN SEIZED BRITISH SAVERS ASSETS

It has come to light that assets in Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander UK, seized by the FSA on orders from the Government, belong to British savers and NOT to the Icelandic Government as has been reported.

£550m of British savers’ assets have been tied up in the administration of Kaupthing UK with evidence indicating that the Treasury intends to use these funds to cover Icelandic debts and NOT return them to savers.

Over 8,000 British savers in the Isle of Man branch of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander (who do not have a guarantee from the UK government) stand to lose their life savings and their pensions should the Treasury plan go ahead.

For more information on this story please contact:

Ziggy – KSFIOM(?)talktalk [dot] net or 07930 418 149

Sent on behalf of the KSFOIOM Depositors Action Group - www.ksfiomdepositors.netgenius.co.uk

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George Parker - Financial Times

  • Mandy_Italy
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Has anyone contacted George Parker (Financial Times)?

Yesterday he published this article (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/42c0e23c-a153-11dd-82fd-000077b07658,Authorised=...)

Transcript challenges UK position on Iceland
By David Ibison in Reykjavik and George Parker in London

Published: October 23 2008 23:56 | Last updated: October 23 2008 23:56

A transcript of a conversation between the UK chancellor, Alistair Darling, and his Icelandic counterpart appears to question the British government’s claim that Iceland had refused to compensate UK savers.

The transcript, obtained by the Financial Times, is of a telephone conversation at the height of the crisis on October 7 between Mr Darling and Árni Mathiesen, Icelandic finance minister.

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Perhaps though we could give him some more bullets to fire...


please contact FT i have

  • expat
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  • Fri, 24/10/2008 - 07:11

please contact FT i have spent a lot of time talking to them as well

and george osbourne and mandelson ar not the only ones who know wealthy russians! do do i and now we are in the russia media!
http://www.odinews.ru/dayphoto/index.php?ELEMENT_ID


Transcript Of Report in FT

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Transcript challenges UK position on Iceland
By David Ibison in Reykjavik and George Parker in London

Published: October 23 2008 23:56 | Last updated: October 23 2008 23:56

A transcript of a conversation between the UK chancellor, Alistair Darling, and his Icelandic counterpart appears to question the British government’s claim that Iceland had refused to compensate UK savers.

The transcript, obtained by the Financial Times, is of a telephone conversation at the height of the crisis on October 7 between Mr Darling and Árni Mathiesen, Icelandic finance minister.

In it they discuss whether or not the Icelandic government is in a position to compensate up to 300,000 British depositors in Icesave, the online arm of Landsbanki, the Icelandic bank.

At no point does the Icelandic finance minister state unequivocally that Iceland would not honour its obligations.

Instead, Mr Mathiesen says that Iceland plans to use its compensation scheme to try to meet obligations to British depositors.

This commits Iceland to paying €20,887 (£16,462) under directives agreed as part of its membership of the European Economic Area.

The transcript reads:

Alistair Darling: “What about the depositors you’ve got who’ve got deposits in London branches?

Árni Mathiesen: “We have the [deposit] insurance fund according to the Directive and how that works is explained in this letter (to the UK) and the pledge of support from the government to the fund.”

AD: “So the entitlements the people have which I think is about £16,000, they will be paid that?”

ÁM: “Well, I hope that will be the case. I cannot state that or guarantee that now but we are certainly working to solve this issue. This is something we really don’t want to have hanging over us.”

Mr Darling told BBC Radio on October 8: “The Icelandic government, believe it or not, have told me yesterday they have no intention of honouring their obligations here.”

The Icelandic government believes that Mr Darling’s statement induced panic in the UK, triggering a run on the one remaining Icelandic bank that was in business, Kaupthing, leading directly to its eventual collapse and forced nationalisation.

Iceland’s perceived refusal to honour its obligations was also instrumental in convincing the British government to use anti-terror legislation to freeze Icelandic banking assets to try to protect depositors.

The Treasury said last night: “The UK government has made it clear repeatedly that this decision to protect UK depositors in Icelandic banks was made after extensive conversations with the Icelandic government.”


CNN news contacted

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thanks for this, I have noew contacted CNN in the US


John McFall (MP) Chair TSC - comments

  • skintagainnow
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  • Fri, 24/10/2008 - 03:40

Another big point we have make loud & clear - John McFall (MP) Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee made during the channel 4 interview - one of the questions to be asked of the Chancellor :-
his information for the statement made on 8th October

  • Iceland would not honour it's obligations to UK
  • this is a very important point to us, the IoM government & banking sector & no doupt Iceland too - lets make sure the question does get asked and answers given.

    If you missed the interview (including new star ZIGGY).

    http://www.ksfiomdepositors.org/node/261

    Still way out in front is expats interview of the 16th with nearly double the viewings of the 2nd place Geir Haarde.


    john aspen has spilled what we need to spread

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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 14:17

    the best thing we have is the interview that john aspen did on manx raadio, he spilled the beans and put into the public domain, it was the fsa and fsc, bblair posted the interview somewhere, that needs to spread far and wide, that is what we need to get at for now

    and i supect there will be a very juicy article in the Financial times this weekend

    remeber aspen has been exposed and has exposed what actually happened with landbanski 2008 order


    Agree 100%

    • mikeinfrance
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    I fully agree with expat.
    I sent this question to the "banking crisis treasury questions" scheduled for 3rd Nov and have been copying it to MPs
    far & wide, & some media for the last few days. It's based on what John Aspden said in the Manx radio interview:

    Does Alistair Darling agree that the Isle of Man FSC has stated that it was
    responsible for some £550M of mostly british depositors money in Kaupthing
    Singer & Friedlander Isle of Man being deposited for "safe keeping" in
    Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander UK and does he also agree that it did so
    following discussions with the UK financial regulatory authorities,and does
    he further agree that the FSC was not consulted in any way prior to KSF UK
    being placed into administration, using sealed papers, by the ill-conceived
    & hasty actions of the UK Government thus causing these funds to continue to
    remain inaccessible to the liquidator provisional for KSFIOM and thus
    causing untold hardship to thousands of british depositors?

    Where else can I send it ?? suggestions please.


    WHO WILL BE FIRED? Unlikely

    • user1123
    • 14/10/08 31/05/09
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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 14:39

    WHO WILL BE FIRED?
    Unlikely to be Aspden, looks too shrewd to me, he will probably load down on Weldon and/or Kermode, in fact already has dumped on Weldon as petitioner (should have been Aspden). So let's give Weldon and Kermode a fighting chance to redeem themselves, even if it's only in investors eyes, they are probably reasonable guys with families.

    We have to email MICHAEL WELDON and ANDREW KERMODE at the FSC to stop the wind up of KSF IOM and prevent liquidation. PLease do this TODAY to STOP KSF IOM WIND UP and PREVENT LIQUIDATION. Mr Weldon (and Mr Kermode) has asked for our support to help him as petitioner to ask for ADJOURNMENT on Friday 24th OCTOBER to prevent wind up of KSFIOM.

    The email address is : michael [dot] weldon(?)fsc [dot] gov [dot] im
    andrew [dot] kermode(?)fsc [dot] gov [dot] im


    "In the News" is a great

    • go mann
    • 10/10/08 31/05/09
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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 13:59

    "In the News" is a great innovation. Instead of asking MPs to read the whole website, almost everything they [or their researchers] need is there in one place.

    A quick link to that thread, a brief cut-and-paste job, and a reasonably concise summary has just headed to Michael Gove [my Conservative MP]. Not optimistic, of course ... HMG doesn't like "off-shore" and will do anything to capitalise on the current situation to create "Gordon's moment" in the eyes of the UK voters in advance of the next General Election.


    Australian press

    • Mad from Melbourne
    • 10/10/08 31/05/09
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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 10:39

    Thanks for preparing this. Will send it to 'The Australian' (National quality daily) and 'Australian Financial Review' (Oz daily business paper) on Friday morning.


    Australian press

    • Noodle 2
    • 15/10/08 31/05/09
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    • Fri, 24/10/2008 - 07:17

    Mad from Melbourne

    If you need some help with contacts and numbers for the Fin Review and The Australian (or SMH) let me know as my husband is in the financial pr business and therefore should have a good hope of getting something in. The FT article in London is a huge help. Before there was less of interest to the average Aussie.


    Could be of interest to Aussie media

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    • Fri, 24/10/2008 - 07:42

    Hi Mad,

    All help greatfully received. :-). If you could send emails and Press Releases to the Australian News Media (Also perhaps thinking SBS might be interested) that would be 'awsome'.

    There are probably a large number of Pommies in Australia who are now in financial difficulty. However, due to their Visa restrictions, cannot get help from the local or state authorities and therfore in real dire straights. So it could actually be a 'popular' news item...

    Thanks Mad.


    MPs

    • bellyup
    • 10/10/08 09/01/10
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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 13:52

    Can let you send unless wont someone give me a few more emails for MPs ?
    I have run out and so many dont let you send if you are not their constiuent.
    Thanks


    sent

    • Grant
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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 10:28

    sent to tonight ITV, The Sun, David Cameron and sending to others now.


    GET THIS OUT THERE

    • Diver
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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 09:02

    please!


    Its Done

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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 09:21

    Thanks for the Mp List!
    What would we Do without you Diver...We should call you "Driver" The Driving force!.....Glad to be of assistance..... ;0)


    you may be interested to hear

    • expat
    • 10/10/08 31/05/09
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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 10:05

    you may be interested to hear that the local press just rang me to aask who was in the pictures they took when we handed the petion in, see this is an island that has a statue of norman wisdom and a sight (newish) that asks you to beware of the horse drawn trams!! they'll catch up on this by next year!!!!

    driver good stuff mate, hope you got my message from jenren okay, well you must have done judgeing by the press release!! lets go get 'em guys, target is fsc and fsa


    okay domne to glasgow herald,

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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 09:40

    okay domne to glasgow herald, bbc nw, channel 4 and FT


    soundbite

    • chris watson
    • 23/10/08 31/03/10
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    • Thu, 23/10/2008 - 23:42

    Like kicking me out of my house to live in the street, whilst my neighbours are moved in to laugh at me out of the window